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I used to belong to the crowd of people that says they “hate reading.” I have since learned that the truth is I just hadn’t read anything life-changing yet!
One day a friend talked me into reading Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and everything changed.
Since that time, I have listened to at least two books every month and read one or two, as well. I even took a three-hour course in order to increase my reading comprehension and speed! One might say I have become obsessed with reading personal development and investing books.
It is so bad that I don’t like people commuting with me because it detracts from my time to listen to podcasts and Audible!
For this reason, I decided to compile this list of some of the books that have helped me the most along this journey. This list will be updated as I find more books worthy of being on the list!
*disclaimer* The links below are affiliate links, but I believe in these books so much I know you won’t regret reading them!
In The Book on Rental Property Investing, real estate investor and host of the BiggerPockets Podcast Brandon Turner has one goal in mind: to give you every strategy, tool, tip, and technique needed to become a millionaire rental property investor―while helping you avoid the junk that pulls down so many wannabes!
—> This was one of the first real-estate-specific books I ever read. I purchased my first real estate investment property within three months of reading this book! I recommend this book to anybody wanting to earn cash flow and passive income through real estate investing.
Real estate investing is one of the greatest vehicles to build wealth, but it doesn’t make sense in every market. Some locations provide incredible returns, while others make it almost impossible to find a single property that profits. Traditionally, investing out of state has been considered risky and unwise.
But the rules, technology, and markets have changed: no longer are you forced to invest only in your backyard! Experienced investor and real estate agent David Greene shares his in-depth strategy to build profitable rental portfolios through buying, managing, and flipping out-of-state properties.
Don’t let your location dictate your financial freedom. Get the inside scoop to invest—and succeed—anywhere!
—> This is a must read for anybody in the military. Whether you know it or not, the odds are you will become a long-distance real estate investor (or owner) in the military. This book is a great resource for anybody that finds themselves out of state!
Don’t let the contents of your wallet define your future. Discover the real-life strategies that smart investors are using in today’s market to invest in real estate with creativity! In The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, active real estate investor and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, Brandon Turner, takes readers past the hype and dives into real life strategies that investors across the world are using to invest in real estate using creativity—instead of their own cash.
No matter how much money you have in your checking account, there is always real estate you can’t afford. This book will provide numerous strategies, tips, and ideas for leveraging other people’s money to help you do more deals. Not only will you learn to navigate the world of creative real estate finance, but you’ll learn to get more mileage out of any real estate investment strategy. No matter what your skill level or experience in real estate has been, The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money down is for you.
—> This book is what got me to understand the power of leverage. It also helped me understand that not having money was just an excuse. I have used a lot of the methods discussed in this book, and have NEVER (at the time of writing this) paid more than 6% down for a property. Whether that is through an FHA loan, VA loan, seller financing, lease option purchases, or a combination of the above. Talk about a powerful concept, and a book that will more than pay for itself!
This book outlines how to achieve financial independence and successful self-employment through property investment, discussing such topics as screening potential partners, utilizing research tools, and setting up maintenance and rent collection systems.
—> I read this book at the early stages of my journey to become a millionaire real estate investor. I recommend this book for every entry-level real estate investor!
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor is a great book written by one of the founders of Keller Williams. Gary has also written the Millionaire Real Estate Agent which has become “the bible for real estate agents.”
It is clear that Gary has extensive knowledge about the real estate world, and he shares some great investment knowledge in this book!
I recommend this book after completing your first deal, when you’re looking to grow your portfolio in the future!
In Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat, you’ll discover the incredible strategy known as BRRRR—a long-hidden secret of the ultra-rich and those with decades of experience. This book will tear down the barriers, reveal the truth, and make financial freedom more attainable than you’ve ever imagined. Author and investor David Greene holds nothing back, sharing the exact systems and processes he used to scale his business from buying two houses per year to buying two houses per month using BRRRR.
The BRRRR Strategy has changed countless lives, and now you’ll have the exact steps needed to change yours. It’s time to BRRRR your way to financial independence the smart way.
—> I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book, and it is amazing! I highly recommend this to anybody looking to invest in single-family homes!
Set for Life is a personal finance book designed around real estate investing. The first chapter discusses financial decisions in a light I hadn’t seen before. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anybody just starting out. This book is great for helping you learn to save and build more capital right away!
This book saved me $3,000 the same month I read it!!!
This is an excellent book about negotiating, and a lot of the techniques it teaches are instantly applicable to negotiating deals! I recommend this book to anyone that plans to write a lot of offers in order to increase their initial profit!
Tim Ferriss is a genius of ingenuity! This book is life-changing in the way it teaches efficiency. I use a lot of the principles in this book to streamline my life, and I need to revisit it another time to become even more efficient. I recommend this to anyone starting a business, starting a side hustle, or simply looking to accomplish more in less time!
The 80/20 Principle, also known as Pareto’s Principle, is a great book to help you become more efficient and effective. This book explains that 80% of the results you receive will come from 20% of the effort. Another way to look at this is that 80% of your profit will come from 20% of your product. By recognizing these patterns, you are able to get ride of the 80% of crap that isn’t producing results. This will allow you to streamline your life and put your efforts into the things that really matter!
This is an excellent (and fun) book for anybody that desires to become a more proficient writer. It will take you from the basics to writing proficient blog posts and online content. It will even teach you how to write for different social media platforms in order to help you become more effective at getting your message across in every platform. I recommend this for anybody that hated writing in high school (like me) but needs to improve now!
This book is a classic, and rightfully so. This is a great book to understand the basic principles of networking. Networking can make your life so much easier. A good network will help you improve on a daily basis and can be the difference between success and failure in a lot of endeavors. For this reason, I absolutely recommend this book for anybody that isn’t very good at networking.
If you think there are any books that simply must be added to this list, please let me know in the comments section below. I love finding great new books to read!
BiggerPockets – BiggerPockets is the largest real estate investing forum in the world. They also host the largest real estate investing podcast, and a great personal finance podcast to boot! If you don’t have a BiggerPockets membership, I highly recommend setting one up. Their pro membership is worth every penny for the networking opportunities and use of their amazing real estate calculators!
Audible – Becoming a member through this code should let you download your first book for free! Listening to audio books on my commute has changed my life. As of today (20190427) I have listened to 106 books on the Audible app…that is a lot of education completed while I’m stuck behind the wheel!
Foreclosure – There is no doubt that foreclosures create a unique buying opportunity. Foreclosure.com is the world’s leading resource for finding, and buying, these great deals!
Rentometer – Rentometer is the best way to verify rental prices for your properties. This is always my first step in determining how much income a property should be generating for me!
MileIQ – MileIQ is a mileage tracker. If you drive your car for business-related expenses (including meals with partners, closings, checking on properties, etc.) you need this app! At $5.99/month it more than pays for itself for me every month. This app tracks all of your drives and allows you to easily classify them as personal or business. This helps you keep track of annual tax-write offs much easier, and will save you money in the long run!
Buildium – Buildium is an American property management software. If you’re going to self-manage your rental properties, you owe it to yourself to try this 15-day trial and see how much Buildium can help you!
PeerStreet – PeerStreet is a marketplace that provides unprecedented access to high quality real estate loan investments. PeerStreet’s investments have similar yields to LendingClub, but are backed by real estate and carry very attractive loan-to-value ratios.
Fiverr – Fiverr is a freelancer website. I have outsourced everything from my logo, to podcast intro, on Fiverr. ANYthing you need designed or automated can be accomplished very affordable on Fiverr, and I highly recommend you look into this website for all of your outsourcing needs!
Personal Capital – This is my favorite way to track my net worth! As you build more income streams and become more wealthy, it becomes paramount to have a central location to be able to see everything! Personal Capital is a free service that allows you to track savings accounts, checking accounts, retirement accounts, mortgages, car payments, and every account you can think of. I cannot recommend this resource enough!
Robinhood – Earn a free stock (for both of us) when you sign up for Robinhood in order to begin trading stocks! I received a free share of Ford stock, just for signing up! This app makes it really simple to get started investing in the stock market!
First Term Wealth (E-book) – Grab your free E-book in order to learn better your financial foundation!
Prioritization Matrix – Prioritize your time, to get the most out of real estate investing with this free matrix!
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